You probably recognize a few faces. Hard to see but Ron Robinson is hiding in the back, I see Ron Rosenlof and our current President Jim Rondoni kneeling in the front row. Hey there is Connie Sullivan and Paulette Roth.
How many folks can you name?
This was held at Apollo High School with Ron Rosenlof as our host. It may have been one of the first classes. We had 12 members at a time for 3 nights. We had a good group of volunteers to help with each task and also assigned to members to walk them through the process.
- Night 1, the members laminated 5 strips of thin wood, ( already cut to size by Ron Ronselof ) to jigs using rubber bands to clamp the strips together to form the hoop.
- Night 2, removed and cleaned up the hoop, cut the handles to shape and size, then glued the 2 parts together.
- Night 3, the handles were sanded and then routed with a round over bit. A “v” groove is cut in the outside of the hoop, then measurements made to drill holes to attached the net. At the end of the third night, members had a finished raw net. They had to lacquer the wood, and then were provided net material to sew in.There were many variations on handles, some brought wood from trees in their yards, others used exotic materials such as Cocobolo and Purple Heart.Great time for all involved.
Well, it is February and a leap year. That means one more day to enjoy the things you love. Tie more flies, spend more time with someone special, or just head to your favorite fishin’ hole to catch one more trout or lift one more beer. It is all good.